It’s a hit television show, it’s a new book, and it’s a successful diet and fitness plan that results in weight loss. And now there’s The Biggest Loser interactive website. Now if all of this isn’t great motivation and support to lose weight, what is?
The contestants on the popular NBC television show The Biggest Loser are losing weight, and their success is inspiring and encouraging others to meet the challenge and lose weight as well. Anyone who wants to follow in the ever lighter steps of the show’s contestants can now pick up the book by the same name (written by “experts and cast, with Maggie Greenwood-Robinson, PhD), visit thebiggestloser.com website, as well as watch the television show to learn how they, too, can be a loser.
The weight loss program was developed by obesity specialist Michael Dansinger, MD, of Tufts University, along with dietitian and chef Cheryl Forberg, RD, and trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels, all of whom worked with writer Maggie Greenwood-Robinson, PhD, to put out the book. The Biggest Loser eating plan is simple: a low-calorie approach that follows a 4-3-2-1 design: four servings of fruits and vegetables, three of lean protein, two of whole grains, and one “extra,” a fat, sweet, alcohol, or oil equal to 200 calories. Throw in one hour of exercise daily, and that’s the program in a nutshell.
The book and the website are important accessories to the television program, which provides the motivation. For people who are serious about wanting to lose weight, the 12-week program explained in the book tells all. And the “all” is simple: eat small, frequent meals based on the 4-3-2-1 plan, keep daily food logs, watch portion sizes, drink up to 64 ounces of water daily, and exercise daily. The book includes one week of sample meal plans with recipes.
No weight loss program is complete without exercise, and The Biggest Loser is no exception. Workouts can start at 30 minutes and then increase to one hour daily. The book explains strength and cardio training and peppers the section with tips and words of inspiration from contestants.
Although you may not have television cameras turned on you to watch your weight loss progress, you can get motivation and support from The Biggest Loser official NBC website. Individuals can join The Biggest Loser club, and in return for about five dollars per week, get online support, meal plans, a journal, customized fitness information, recipes, fitness game, and more.
The reason The Biggest Loser program works is also simple: people eat less calories than they burn. Foods should be eaten raw or prepared without extra fats, refined starches and sugars are avoided, portion sizes are monitored, and food is consumed frequently: the program calls for three meals and two snacks daily. People who are still hungry when following the program can eat more than four servings of fruits and vegetables (sorry, French fries and onion rings don’t count).
The caloric intake for the weight loss program ranges from a low of 1,050 calories for a 150-pound individual to a high of 2,100 calories for a 300-pound person. The book also includes suggestions for weight maintenance once people reach their goal. In essence, the recommendation is to consume 10 to 12 calories per pound of body weight and to continue one hour of exercise daily to maintain your weight loss goal.
Everyone has an opportunity to become their own biggest loser, and they have several motivating factors to help them. The Biggest Loser can help people become big winners when it comes to weight loss if they follow the program seriously and can garner inspiration and motivation from the various media sources. Hey, whatever works.